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Albert Anthony Anella

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Anella, Albert Anthony

Abert Anthony Anella

Died on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2016 at the age of 93. He was born in Greenwich Village the youngest of seven children on June 23, 1922. He grew up in Bensonhurst, then an Italian and Jewish neighborhood within the borough of Brooklyn, City of New York. Upon America's entrance into WWII, he joined the Army and was assigned to an artillery regiment. He fought the entirety of the war chasing Rommel across N. Africa achieving the rank of 1st lieutenant. Returning home with the benefit of the GI Bill he graduated from Syracuse University. After a brief career in Journalism at the Times of Calumet in Chicago, he was called back into service during the Korean Conflict but was not deployed overseas. He was assigned to the Judge Advocate Corps which changed the path of his life. Upon receipt of his honorable discharge he applied to and was accepted at three law schools: UCLA, ASU and the University of New Mexico. Arriving New Mexico first, he fell in love with the State and proceeded no further. He was a member of the 2nd graduating Class of the UNM School of Law. Electing to only practice pro bono law for civic causes he believed in. He met his wife while in Law School, Mary Francis Anderman, had two sons and a daughter Mia, who died before her time. He pursued real estate as a profession; forming Anella & Co, Real Estate Investments in 1957. Spending his career brokering and developing land, shopping centers and hotels. He was active in local politics, helping future Senator Pete Domenici to be elected to his first political office as City Manager of Albuquerque. He was appointed to the Albuquerque Airport Commission where he was elected and served two terms as Chairman. It was during his tenor as Chairman the master plan for today's Albuquerque International Airport was designed and its multi-phase construction initiated. He was very active in New Mexico's art community, assembling a wonderful collection of local artists which he gave to the UNM Children's Hospital in memory of his daughter Mia. In 1987 he proudly gave a significant collection of 16th to 18th century Italian paintings to the UNM Art Museum establishing the Anella Collection also in honor of his daughter. He was a Charter Member of the Tom L. Popejoy Society and an honored benefactor to the Syracuse University Museum of Fine Art.

While born a New Yorker, he died a New Mexican. Albert lived 65 of his 93 years in Albuquerque and participated fully in the dream of America with all its contradictions.

Albert was preceded in death by his six siblings, many friends, Mary Anderman Anella and his daughter Mia.

He is survived by his eldest daughter Margie Lulinski, a retired Physical Therapist, Munster Indiana, her husband Jerry, three grandsons Adam, Alex and Andrew and five great - grandchildren Jacob, Kaelen Victoria, Jack, Adeline, Genevieve; eldest son A. Anthony Anella, an Architect, Albuquerque NM, his partner Cara McCullough, three grandchildren: Gibb, Kate and Claire; and James R. Anella, Delray Beach Florida, an oil trader, his partner Filomena Marie Antoinette Crivellone Martini; and Albert's nephews and nieces Vincent and Steven Anella, Marilyn Ann Manzi, Joseph and Peter D'Alesandro; sister Margaret Secor, Julie Woods and Mariellen Corrigan.

A grave side service will take place a 9:00 AM on March 9th at Fairview Cemetery with a Mass following at San Felipe Church / Old Town at 11:00 AM. A celebration of Alberts life will follow at Anthony Anella's residence, 2420 Arbor Rd NW.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the UNM Health Sciences Center Art Program, c/o UNM Foundation, Two Woodward Center /700 Lomas Blvd., NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102.
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Mar. 6, 2016
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